Gabapentin (Neurontin) is a medicine which is used since 1993 for the treatment of seizures, convulsions, and epilepsy. It also was found to have a neuropathic effect and was started to be used for pain relief (or any similar neuropathic pains).
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It’s fair for all nootropics including Gabapentin that the way and mechanism of how they actually work are not yet deciphered.
Many experts share an opinion that Gabapentin may work by inhibiting central nervous system activity which leads to reducing nerve pain.
Others believe that its action mechanism is similar to the benzodiazepines group of medications which affect voltage-gated calcium channels (Diazepam, Valium).
Gabapentin was started to be used intentionally in higher doses for getting popular side effects – getting “high” and “relaxation” effects.
The only effect of euphoria was during a long period of time overtopped more helpful and positive effects of Gabapentin.
Gabapentin Recreational Use
It has happened that Gabapentin’s growing popularity was owed to some factors like its low cost (it’s cheap compared to other nootropics), its availability won’t take too long if you’re dealing with anxiety or nerve pain (off-label use), unavailability of analogs (severely limited benzodiazepines and opioids group of medication), where, in the end, the drug comes into play as a recreational drug.
Generally, it’s quite often used for post-surgery treatment, restless legs syndrome, and others, which were undeservingly forgotten.
Since the ‘90s number of studies have shown that people are used to taking this nootropic contrary to prescription and recommended dosage.
Users might want to know before they start to use Gabapentin for a recreational purpose whether it’s dangerous and how to use it safely.
There is a certain basis for people who use Gabapentin for recreational purposes:
- A wide range of symptoms where Gabapentin fits for purpose makes it available under prescription;
- Not all users are strictly adhering to medical instructions and in most cases do take it for recreational use;
- The suggested dosage for safe recreational use of the medication is about 500-600 mg;
- Tolerance and intoxication should be properly monitored to avoid any overdosage;
- It should always be considered that you may face some health risks when taking Gabapentin recreationally (which means usage not as prescribed, not in agreed dose, or without medical instruction).
Gabapentin High Effect
Gabapentin’s high effect is one of the reasons why it was so popular since the ’90s.
The high effect, in other words, means your body intoxication due to overdosage.
While your body is stressed being not able to clean itself from the drug fast enough, you get so-called “high effect” or “euphoria” (the formula is: Intoxication level = Gabapentin bioavailability – (dosage * X).
Intoxication onset may vary from easy relaxation, calm, enhanced sociability, and upgrades mood to psychedelic/MDMA-like effects and euphoria lasting the entire day.
Some users report their experience about high effects after using the drug here.
But not all Gabapentin users have experienced specified effects, as the individual body chemistry provides different effects from the same pill: a few users noticed just a light relaxation, or that “high” effect was not really pleasant at all.
Here it seems that high efficiency is also very subjective and may vary significantly.
Hence precautions while taking Gabapentin are very important as an overdose effect is not that safe as it may seem at a first glance.
Several studies report about deep intoxication of the drug which is resulted in a coma (usually even in the first try over 1000 mg), some reported negative side effects like seizures and impaired immune function resulting in infection occurring immediately after taking Gabapentin.
With respect to the dosage of Gabapentin, it’s essential to get the right dosage due to many reasons: euphoria effect which can either cause a good relaxation effect or coma.
Gabapentin dosage depends on the problem you need to resolve with this medication. As any of such problems require an individual approach.
For example, you may find here a very detailed specification for dosage requirements and schedule regarding epilepsy (children dose and for adults), a standard dose for postherpetic neuralgia, Restless Legs Syndrome, and others.
In summary, we can conclude that the initial dose for all named diseases for the first day starts with 300 mg, for children, it’s 10-15 mg with a successive dose increase to a maximum of 2400 mg/day (adults), and 50 mg/day (children).
And you should definitely not stop using Gabapentin suddenly as it may cause seizures.
Even if Gabapentin is considered to be a well-tolerated drug, a safe tolerance-free dosage of the medication is deemed not to be exceeded by 600 mg per day. It’s strongly recommended not to exceed the dose of 3000 mg even if an individual starts to experience tolerance problems, as it may lead to serious consequences explained herein in detail.
Sedation is the most common dose-limiting side effect and it’s minimized by initiating with a lower dose and titrating more gradually.
Gabapentin Dosage For Sleep
Gabapentin is a good tool to eliminate sleep problems.
A standard dosage, in this case, would be about 600 mg during 3-4 weeks, but it’s always a subject whether you need to be provided with the upper dosage limit specified in this article or not.
Clinic studies proved that Gabapentin enhances sleep and is equally effective for a patient with minor sleep deviations and patients with insomnia.
Gabapentin is also good for improving sleep quality and decreasing spontaneous arousal.
Gabapentin Dosage For Pain
Gabapentin is recognized to be effective to control or prevent nerve pain, and this medication is used for nerve back pain and almost every pain condition (such as diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, etc.).
In the dose of 900 to 3600 mg per day it’s recommended to treat different types of chronic pain, e.g. painful diabetic neuralgia.
Gabapentin And Alcohol
One thing you should know about alcohol and Gabapentin: such a combination will cause side effects! By reason of mixing ethanol and Gabapentin, it may significantly worsen the side effects which you already experience, or initiate a new one.
Commonly reported side effects caused by Gabapentin and alcohol are: confusion, slowly thinking, dizziness, drowsiness, and concentration problems.
Gabapentin Side Effects
This area of research is well documented and you may find about a hundred proven side effects of this drug.
These side effects are mainly split into 2 or 3 categories: common effects, rare effects, and very rare (incidentally occurred).
This article is not for the purpose of describing all of these effects, we suggest you review the most remarkable ones.
From the point of safety, Gabapentin is well-tolerated and not considered to be addictive.
In summary, common side effects include: ataxia, nystagmus, fever, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, and viral infection depression, changing a mood, overreacting, anxiety, clumsiness, or unsteadiness.
Among very rare or occasionally happened Gabapentin side effects you may study about the following:
back pain, bloated or full feeling, burning, dry, or itching eyes, change in vision, change in walking and balance, clumsiness or unsteadiness, decrease in sexual desire or ability, difficulty with breathing, dryness of the mouth or throat, excessive tearing, feeling of warmth or heat, frequent urination, indigestion, flushed, dry skin, noise in the ears, voice changes, vomiting/ vomiting of blood, yellow eyes or skin, redness or swelling in the ear, trouble sleeping, trouble swallowing, trouble thinking, twitching, weakness or loss of strength, weight gain, coma, and many many others.
Some of the specified side effects do not require medical attention and can be easily removed by reducing your dose, or as far as your body gets used to receiving the medication, these effects may go away without any outside assistance.
But some are really bothersome or even dangerous and need to be controlled by your therapist for the sake of safety.